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Commander 15.0.9 is available

Dave AA6YQ
 

If you are using Window Defender Antivirus (Windows 10), update it to its latest malware definition in

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/definitions

before installing or upgrading to Commander 15.0.9


This release

- updates CW speed shown in Main window's Mode panel when it changes (tnx to Norm KC1BMD)

- correctly display spectrum data from an Icom transceiver if started with low-pass filtering enabled with a value of 1 (tnx to
Floyd K9AC)

- when controlling an Elecraft K3, KX3, or KX2 whose firmware supports the SW command, display the SWR while transmitting (tnx to
Phil F5PHW and Greg VK3VT)

- updates the TXMeter.htm documentation file


Notes

1. in this version, the Secondary CAT Port's "CAT Protocol" selector can be set to "FlexRadio PGXL", but this is not yet working
correctly with a FlexRadio PGXL amplifier.


2. Update your firewall and anti-malware applications to consider this new version of Commander to be "safe"

- 0 of 56 antivirus scanners accessible via Virus Total detected malware <https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload>

- 0 of 15 antivirus scanners accessible via Jotti detected malware <https://virusscan.jotti.org/>

- submitted for online analysis by Microsoft Windows Defender: no malware detected


3. If this upgrade doesn't work correctly, see the "After an Upgrade" section of
http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/ApplicationStoppedWorking


4. After upgrading, to revert to the previous version of Commander, see
http://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/RevertApplicationVersion



Commander 15.0.9 is available via the DXLab Launcher and via

http://www.dxlabsuite.com/download.htm

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: IC-705 wireless WLAN connection?

Björn SM7IUN
 

If you value being wireless higher than having access to the waterfall I 
can recommend using the Bluetooth serial port. 

If your computer does not already have it, a dongle is just a few dollars.

Björn SM7IUN

Den sön 11 apr. 2021 kl 01:33 skrev Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...>:

+ AA6YQ comments below
I can operate my IC-705 completely wireless, that is without a USB connection to the computer.
The WLAN in the 705 can act as an access point and it works great for audio, keying . . . anything.
Is there anything in the works to allow DXLab to operate without a teather (USB) via the WLAN?

+ There's nothing in the works, Peter. Besides saving the $10 cost of the USB A-B cable, what would be the benefit?

       73,

                Dave, AA6YQ

 


Re: Warning to Yaesu FTDX-101 users

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below
I can read mode ok, no problem.

+ That's because Commander uses the IF and OI CAT commands to track VFO A's frequency and mode and VFO B's frequency and mode, respectively. It does not use the MD commands, and thus is immune to the "MD command is rejected" regression in the latest FTDX-101 firmware release.

      73,

               Dave, AA6YQ


Re: IC-705 wireless WLAN connection?

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I am trying to eliminate the USB because it causes a massive spike in noise when I use it with my MS Surface Pro in the field (POTA) That's funny though I am not that cheap for the cable's sake. Next is try some kind of choke on the USB cable.

+ If the choke isn't sufficient, take a look at the grounding among your system components.

The 705 has two network modes.

1. It can be easily configured as an Access Point (connect to a PC or phone) as a network source. This connection of course does not provide internet connectivity to the corresponding phone/PC.
2. It can also be configured as a Station and connect to your home/hotspot internet just like any device (PC/phone) and gain internet access. Making it very fun to do digital modes and terminal modes.

In all good fun I would also make a case for . . . "it's the future". It will be very entertaining to see what innovations come of this IC-705 feature.

+ Little will come of the "remote control" capability unless and until Icom documents the protocol. At present, they are in "optimize sales of RS-BA1" mode.

+ Commander has long interacted with Flex Signature radios via an Ethernet connection.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: IC-705 wireless WLAN connection?

pthorpe <pthorpe@yahoo.com>
 

Thanks, Dave/all

I am trying to eliminate the USB because it causes a massive spike in noise when I use it with my MS Surface Pro in the field (POTA) That's funny though I am not that cheap for the cable's sake. Next is try some kind of choke on the USB cable.

 The 705 has two network modes. 
  1. It can be easily configured as an Access Point (connect to a PC or phone) as a network source. This connection of course does not provide internet connectivity to the corresponding phone/PC.
  2. It can also be configured as a Station and connect to your home/hotspot internet just like any device (PC/phone) and gain internet access. Making it very fun to do digital modes and terminal modes.
In all good fun I would also make a case for . . . "it's the future". It will be very entertaining to see what innovations come of this IC-705 feature.

73
Joe DX
K0PLT


Re: Warning to Yaesu FTDX-101 users

BILL KENNAMER
 

I can read mode ok, no problem.

On Sunday, April 11, 2021, 9:20 AM, Joe Subich, W4TV <lists@...> wrote:


Actually, Commander also polls the transceiver using the MD0; command.
It should be impacted - unable to read mode from the transceiver.

73,

    ... Joe, W4TV


On 2021-04-11 10:02 AM, Steve - N3SL wrote:
>>From my reading, this seems to be limited to those of us running microHam
> MKII or MKIII and associated software.  If that's your case, you're the
> exception.
>
> On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 8:04 AM BILL KENNAMER <k5fuv@...> wrote:
>
>> What seems to be the problem with this new firmware? I upgraded mine with
>> zero problems, and Commander works exactly the same as it always has.
>>
>> K5FUV
>>
>>
>> Sent from AT&T Yahoo Mail for iPad
>> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>
>>
>> On Saturday, April 10, 2021, 7:02 PM, Steve - N3SL <n3sl@...> wrote:
>>
>> Not that I know of.  I reinstalled the entire previous version, but I see
>> now that W2YK just reloaded the main file and kept the other new files with
>> success.  I have chosen to leave well enough alone for now....
>>
>> On Sat, Apr 10, 2021, 6:34 PM Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:
>>
>> + AA6YQ comments below
>>
>> Been there, done that.  Re-installing previous firmware brings everything
>> back to "normal."
>>
>> + Thanks for the report, Steve! Is there anything that FTDX-101 users need
>> to know about re-installing the previous version of firmware?
>>
>>        Dave
>>








Re: Warning to Yaesu FTDX-101 users

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

Actually, Commander also polls the transceiver using the MD0; command.
It should be impacted - unable to read mode from the transceiver.

73,

... Joe, W4TV

On 2021-04-11 10:02 AM, Steve - N3SL wrote:
From my reading, this seems to be limited to those of us running microHam
MKII or MKIII and associated software. If that's your case, you're the
exception.
On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 8:04 AM BILL KENNAMER <k5fuv@prodigy.net> wrote:

What seems to be the problem with this new firmware? I upgraded mine with
zero problems, and Commander works exactly the same as it always has.

K5FUV


Sent from AT&T Yahoo Mail for iPad
<https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>

On Saturday, April 10, 2021, 7:02 PM, Steve - N3SL <n3sl@arrl.net> wrote:

Not that I know of. I reinstalled the entire previous version, but I see
now that W2YK just reloaded the main file and kept the other new files with
success. I have chosen to leave well enough alone for now....

On Sat, Apr 10, 2021, 6:34 PM Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@ambersoft.com> wrote:

+ AA6YQ comments below

Been there, done that. Re-installing previous firmware brings everything
back to "normal."

+ Thanks for the report, Steve! Is there anything that FTDX-101 users need
to know about re-installing the previous version of firmware?

Dave


Re: Warning to Yaesu FTDX-101 users

Steve - N3SL
 

From my reading, this seems to be limited to those of us running microHam MKII or MKIII and associated software.  If that's your case, you're the exception.


On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 8:04 AM BILL KENNAMER <k5fuv@...> wrote:
What seems to be the problem with this new firmware? I upgraded mine with zero problems, and Commander works exactly the same as it always has.

K5FUV 


Sent from AT&T Yahoo Mail for iPad

On Saturday, April 10, 2021, 7:02 PM, Steve - N3SL <n3sl@...> wrote:

Not that I know of.  I reinstalled the entire previous version, but I see now that W2YK just reloaded the main file and kept the other new files with success.  I have chosen to leave well enough alone for now.... 

On Sat, Apr 10, 2021, 6:34 PM Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:
+ AA6YQ comments below
Been there, done that.  Re-installing previous firmware brings everything back to "normal."

+ Thanks for the report, Steve! Is there anything that FTDX-101 users need to know about re-installing the previous version of firmware?

       Dave


Re: Warning to Yaesu FTDX-101 users

BILL KENNAMER
 

What seems to be the problem with this new firmware? I upgraded mine with zero problems, and Commander works exactly the same as it always has.

On Saturday, April 10, 2021, 7:02 PM, Steve - N3SL <n3sl@...> wrote:

Not that I know of.  I reinstalled the entire previous version, but I see now that W2YK just reloaded the main file and kept the other new files with success.  I have chosen to leave well enough alone for now.... 

On Sat, Apr 10, 2021, 6:34 PM Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:
+ AA6YQ comments below
Been there, done that.  Re-installing previous firmware brings everything back to "normal."

+ Thanks for the report, Steve! Is there anything that FTDX-101 users need to know about re-installing the previous version of firmware?

       Dave


Re: IC-705 wireless WLAN connection?

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

how is it the found in windows?? as a serial via bluetooth device?? then it would show up like a normal serial connection (a com port so to speak) ... similöar as a serial to usb connction shos up as a comport

auidio via bluetooth? then it would show like a normal soiundcard

or in other words if it is all via bluetooth it would work similar as a wired connection


or ... is it wifi/wlan and it connects to your home wireless lan to your router with an own ip number?? that would be more complicated then

my guess its bluetooth (i do not own a 705) ... so at least its worth a try to use that wireless connection

+ Wireless LAN operation is described in chapter 11 of the IC-705's Advanced manual. This section very briefly describes 5 functions:

1. Synchronizing the internal clock with a time management server

2. Outputting the demodulated AF signal or 12 kHz IF signal

3. Remote control using the optional RS-BA1 software application

4. Gateway communication using the Internal Gateway function

5. Transferring pictures from a PC or a mobile device.

+ The protocol used for remotely control using the optional RS-BA1 software application is not documented. A similar and undocumented capability is provided in other recent Icom transceivers, so this protocol may have been reverse engineered by now.

+ Bluetooth operation is described in chapter 10 of the IC-705's Advanced manual. Bluetooth is used to convey audio to and from a headset and microphone.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: IC-705 wireless WLAN connection?

Siegfried Jackstien
 

how is it the found in windows?? as a serial via bluetooth device?? then it would show up like a normal serial connection (a com port so to speak) ... similöar as a serial to usb connction shos up as a comport

auidio via bluetooth? then it would show like a normal soiundcard

or in other words if it is all via bluetooth it would work similar as a wired connection

or ... is it wifi/wlan and it connects to your home wireless lan to your router with an own ip number?? that would be more complicated then

my guess its bluetooth (i do not own a 705) ... so at least its worth a try to use that wireless connection

greetz sigi dg9bfc

Am 10.04.2021 um 18:59 schrieb Joe DX:

Hey Dave,

I can operate my IC-705 completely wireless, that is without a USB connection to the computer.
The WLAN in the 705 can act as an access point and it works great for audio, keying . . . anything.
Is there anything in the works to allow DXLab to operate without a teather (USB) via the WLAN?

All the best,
Joe DX
K0PLT

73


Re: Warning to Yaesu FTDX-101 users

Steve - N3SL
 

Not that I know of.  I reinstalled the entire previous version, but I see now that W2YK just reloaded the main file and kept the other new files with success.  I have chosen to leave well enough alone for now.... 


On Sat, Apr 10, 2021, 6:34 PM Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...> wrote:
+ AA6YQ comments below
Been there, done that.  Re-installing previous firmware brings everything back to "normal."

+ Thanks for the report, Steve! Is there anything that FTDX-101 users need to know about re-installing the previous version of firmware?

       Dave


Re: Warning to Yaesu FTDX-101 users

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below
Been there, done that.  Re-installing previous firmware brings everything back to "normal."

+ Thanks for the report, Steve! Is there anything that FTDX-101 users need to know about re-installing the previous version of firmware?

       Dave


Re: IC-705 wireless WLAN connection?

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below
I can operate my IC-705 completely wireless, that is without a USB connection to the computer.
The WLAN in the 705 can act as an access point and it works great for audio, keying . . . anything.
Is there anything in the works to allow DXLab to operate without a teather (USB) via the WLAN?

+ There's nothing in the works, Peter. Besides saving the $10 cost of the USB A-B cable, what would be the benefit?

       73,

                Dave, AA6YQ

 


Re: Warning to Yaesu FTDX-101 users

Steve - N3SL
 

Joe (et al)

Been there, done that.  Re-installing previous firmware brings everything back to "normal."

On Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 2:06 PM Joe Subich, W4TV <lists@...> wrote:

Further information:  If you have not "updated" your firmware, hold
off doing so until Yaesu post a fix.  If you have "updated", you
should be able to revert to the previous firmware.

This information (reverting to previous firmware) is based on third
party reports as I have no way of testing it myself.

73,

    ... Joe, W4TV


On 2021-04-10 2:40 PM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
> Joe W4TV reports that that Yaesu has broken the CAT firmware in their most  recent update to the FTDX-101, referred to as 202104A.
>
> https://www.yaesu.com/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=16891&FileCatID=42&FileName=FTDX101%20Firmware%20Update%20Information%204%2D9%2D21.pdf
> &FileContentType=application%2Fpdf
>
> With this firmware installed, the "report mode" command (MD#;) returns an error response.
>
> There's no way to extend Commander to work around this regression.
>
>           73,
>
>               Dave, AA6YQ
>








IC-705 wireless WLAN connection?

Joe DX
 

Hey Dave,

I can operate my IC-705 completely wireless, that is without a USB connection to the computer.
The WLAN in the 705 can act as an access point and it works great for audio, keying . . . anything.
Is there anything in the works to allow DXLab to operate without a teather (USB) via the WLAN?

All the best,
Joe DX
K0PLT

73


Re: Warning to Yaesu FTDX-101 users

Joe Subich, W4TV
 

Further information: If you have not "updated" your firmware, hold
off doing so until Yaesu post a fix. If you have "updated", you
should be able to revert to the previous firmware.

This information (reverting to previous firmware) is based on third
party reports as I have no way of testing it myself.

73,

... Joe, W4TV

On 2021-04-10 2:40 PM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
Joe W4TV reports that that Yaesu has broken the CAT firmware in their most recent update to the FTDX-101, referred to as 202104A.
https://www.yaesu.com/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=16891&;FileCatID=42&FileName=FTDX101%20Firmware%20Update%20Information%204%2D9%2D21.pdf
&FileContentType=application%2Fpdf
With this firmware installed, the "report mode" command (MD#;) returns an error response.
There's no way to extend Commander to work around this regression.
73,
Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Panadapter software and Spectrum Display

Dick Grote
 

Okay, thanks.  I'll stay tuned.

Thanks for all you do.

73
--
Dick
K6PBF


Warning to Yaesu FTDX-101 users

Dave AA6YQ
 

Joe W4TV reports that that Yaesu has broken the CAT firmware in their most recent update to the FTDX-101, referred to as 202104A.

https://www.yaesu.com/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=16891&;FileCatID=42&FileName=FTDX101%20Firmware%20Update%20Information%204%2D9%2D21.pdf
&FileContentType=application%2Fpdf

With this firmware installed, the "report mode" command (MD#;) returns an error response.

There's no way to extend Commander to work around this regression.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Panadapter software and Spectrum Display

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below
I think I understand current usage models.  I've used both Spectrum Waterfall (I used the wrong term for it on the original post) on the IC-7300 and I've also used the the secondary CAT port to control SDR radios used as panadaptors on 3 radios over the years.

I thought that I've read in previous posts that at some point you intended to extend Spectrum Waterfall spot identification capability using the RSPlay SDR's either through an extended version of Spectrum Waterfall or through interoperation with existing SDR software such as SDRuro.  I was just trying to get a jump on choosing SDR software for an external panadaptor so that I'd be ready when you introduce your software extension to DXLabs. 

+ I have not yet decided what approach I will take to displaying color-coded active callsigns in a panadaptor driven by a low-cost SDR like those available from SDRplay.

       73,

              Dave, AA6YQ

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